May 04, 2012
Daniel Briere: Mr. Clutch
"Call Mr. Clutch, that's his name. That name again, is Mr. Clutch."
Ah, Bob Cole. Hockey Night In Canada's elder statesman is so unmistakably bad that he is a beloved legend in his own right. Often he does not get the names right, but he did in the case of Daniel Briere, because he really is Mr. Clutch.
In 106 career playoff games Briere now has 50 goals and 107 points. That places him 69th all time among the 8,000 players or so who have played in NHL history.
His status in the "new" NHL is even more impressive. He is the highest scoring post-season player since the lockout of 2005. He leads in goals (tied with Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg), even strength goals, and games played. Only Sidney Crosby has more assists (57 compared to 56). Briere has 13 playoff game winning goals - teammate Jaromir Jagr is the only active player with more with 16.
There is only thing missing from Briere's playoff resume - the Stanley Cup.